"Long way to go" before agreements reached to end strike in Detroit-Xinhua

"Long way to go" before agreements reached to end strike in Detroit

Source: Xinhua| 2023-09-19 14:42:45|Editor:

CHICAGO, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- There is still "a long way to go" before tentative labor agreements can be reached between the big three U.S. automakers and the Detroit-based United Auto Workers (UAW) to end the strike which has entered the fourth day, said UAW President Shawn Fain Monday.

"We've put full offers to all three companies before the strike deadline, and we've really had minimal conversations over the weekend," Fain said.

The union met with Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. over the weekend, and with Stellantis on Monday, yielding no results.

Fain said 20-percent not-compounded wage increases offered by the automakers "is not enough," after what the union sacrificed to save the companies during the Great Recession and bankruptcies. The union had requested 40-percent not-compounded or 46-percent compounded wage increases, and now is asking for a 36-percent wage increase over four years.